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NEW! Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

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NEW! Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

NEW PRODUCTS: Giant Loop Redesigns Pioneering Horseshoe Shaped Motorcycle Saddlebags

Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top Feature Zipperless Closures and Rider-Driven Updates

(BEND, OREGON USA) Adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator Giant Loop redesigned its pioneering horseshoe-shaped motorcycle saddlebags, producing a limited preview release of the new Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top. Both models of Roll Top Saddlebags feature a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining the packable volume and all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of their zipper closure counterparts, the original Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – super rugged, stable, lightweight, rackless mounting, gear positioned tight to center of bike.

Other enhancements include molded rubber grab handles that double as side compression straps, an included set of 3 RF-welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, and drains in the bottoms of the Saddlebag’s “legs” that allow water to escape if it manages to penetrate the highly water resistant out shell (yes, we’ve dunked our bikes in streams crossings, too).

This limited production preview release comes in black only, and the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top are available exclusively at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon and online at GiantLoopMoto.com until the full production release in 2017. Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top retails for $450 (including set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods and 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust protector). Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top retails for $360 (including set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods and 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust protector).

Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top
Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of the original biomorphic, horseshoe-shaped Saddlebag design that Giant Loop pioneered in 2009. The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top enables riders to carry your gear where the passenger would sit on the motorcycle, making this remarkably versatile motortcycle soft luggage solution fit virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Cordura Ballistic webbing anchors secure the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top to the passenger footrest brackets, so it mounts on the pillion seat of sport and sport touring bikes, standards, nakeds and adventure touring and dual sport motorcycles.

The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the road:
• 45-60 liters of packable volume (45 liters with three full waterproof rolls, up to 60 liters with one roll to seal out dust)
• Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
• 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum + stainless steel clamp) included
• Side compression straps with molded rubber grab handles
• Super tough, highly water resistant vinyl tarp outer shell reinforced with ballistic nylon
• Beavertail and cinch ring with side-release buckled compression straps that integrate with double-end Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag (available separately)
• Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets
• Multiple rear anchor straps for maximum versatility – secure one, two or all three to solid mount points
• Separate mounting and compression straps for easier gear access
• Reinforced Roll Top closure
• Cable lock pass-through to secure bag to bike while parked (with optional 84” QuickLoop Cable)
• Reflective accents for visibility
• Military-spec materials and construction
• Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects
• Made in U.S.A.
• Currently available in Black only.

Introducing the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top
Introducing the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of Giant Loop’s original flagship horseshoe-shaped dual sport and enduro Giant Loop Saddlebag design that launched the company in 2008. The Coyote Saddle Bag Roll Top is the new choice for hardcore off-road expeditions, wrapping gear weight around the motorcycle’s subframe, exactly where it impacts handling the least. Riders can carry gear for overnight or multi-day trips and still have access to the entire saddle for rigorous off-road riding. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top mounts to the rear fender and/or tail rack of virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro motorcycle (no passenger pegs required). Cordura Ballistic webbing straps anchor the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top to the frame or subframe on most motorcycle makes/models — as well as snow bikes, such as Timbersled and MotoTrax.

Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the trail:
• 39 liters packable volume
• 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum) + stainless steel clamp included
• Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
• Rear mounting options — use included fender hooks OR included webbing anchor strap to fit virtually any bike or tail rack
• Stabilize gear load using side compression straps with molded rubber grab handles
• Attach additional gear using beavertail and cinch ring with side-release buckled compression straps that integrate with double-end Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag (available separately)
• Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets
• Reflective accents for better visibility
• Military-spec materials and construction
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
• Made in U.S.A.
• Currently available in Black only.

Limited production preview release Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top are available exclusively at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.

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NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: Giant Loop Saddlebag Dry Pods Upgrade Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage

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NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: Giant Loop Saddlebag Dry Pods Upgrade Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage

Saddlebag Dry Pods for Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Saddlebag Dry Pods for Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Giant Loop has introduced new Saddlebag Dry Pods, waterproof inner liner bags designed to fit the interior spaces of the company’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag, keeping gear dry and organized. Sold as a set of three, Saddlebag Dry Pods also add waterproof organization and storage to any panniers, saddlebags, duffels, dry bags or backpacks. Saddlebag Dry Pods are constructed of high visibility yellow TPU with RF welded seams and roll-top closures, and they feature air purge valves to help compress gear for easy sealing and packing.

Saddlebag Dry Pods are now included with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – and the new Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top – enabling riders to leave their Saddlebags mounted and carry gear to a campsite or hotel. They are available separately as an upgrade for any previous version of these pioneering horseshoe-shaped motorcycle saddlebag designs, in production since 2009.

TIPS: Fill Giant Loop’s Saddlebag Dry Pods with ice and a favorite beverage at the end of a day’s adventure. Saddlebag Dry Pods also can be used on their own for boating, a day at the beach or anywhere high-quality waterproof dry storage is needed.

Each Saddlebag Dry Pods set includes two side Pods shaped to fit the lower “legs” of the Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag and one double-ended center Pod. Like all Giant Loop products, Saddlebag Dry Pods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty against defects for the original purchaser. USA MSRP is $75 (part number SDP16).

Saddlebag Dry Pods are available at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon.

Giant Loop’s Motorcycle Soft Luggage & Gear On Honda Africa Twin

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Giant Loop’s Motorcycle Soft Luggage & Gear On Honda Africa Twin

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Finally getting the opportunity to do some fitting on the new Honda Africa Twin. This customer rode over the Cascades from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to our shop in Bend to test fit and outfit his sweet silver Honda Africa Twin.

Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag all fit the Honda Africa Twin great (GL’s motorcycle tank bags use the same harness and mount up identically). This rider went with the Fandango Pro Tank Bag, our trim mid-size dual sport and adventure touring motorcycle Tank Bag, which includes a waterproof RF welded inner liner Dry Pod, integrated electronics pass-through, mesh exterior pocket and concealed document pocket. And like all of our Tank Bags, the Honda Africa Twin’s fuel fill is easily accessed by unzipping one side of the Tank Bag from the harness.

We also test fit Giant Loop’s Siskiyou PanniersGreat Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – all workable options. This rider has Touratech luggage racks on order, so he chose our new rack-mounted Round The World Panniers with 18mm Happy Trails Pannier Mounting Kit hardware.

GL’s Tillamook Dry Bag – the mid-size option in our line of three double-ended RF welded Dry Bags, the Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters), Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) and Columbia Dry Bag (70 liters) – and our Zigzag Handlebar Bag completes his adventure proof packing system. Add some Pronghorn Straps to keep everything tight and tidy.

Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC, but the downside to every trip I struggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, Cal”

ZIP CARE™ ZIPPER CLEANER & LUBRICANT
Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Keeping zippers clean and lubricate – and treating them with respect by not yanking or forcing zippers will keep them sliding smoothly and prevent you from bursting a blood vessel.

Some things to try:

  • Clean the zippers. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers – just like the moving parts of your motorcycle engine. For the trail, pack some of our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. When you’re trip is over, wash all of your Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage using warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry.
  • Lubricate the zippers. Use our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. And in a pinch, a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help. Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm works great and is available at any drug store or grocery store.
  •  Manage the zippers. When you get into your Giant Loop Saddlebag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag. Un-zip Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Tank Bag lids completely when accessing gear to avoid damaging zipper teeth.
  •  Respect the zippers. Avoid over packing. When your Giant Loop adventure proof packing systems are not stuffed drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches, to add external pockets, or a Dry Bag to expand your Giant Loop Saddlebag or Panniers. Add the Pannier Pockets to Giant Loop’s Tank Bags. Compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zippers from buckling from being tightly stuffed. Hold zipper halves together as you zip to prevent stressing the teeth.

If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace your Giant Loop product at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL

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Gear For Your Motorcycle Adventure, Shipped Right Now!

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Gear For Your Motorcycle Adventure, Shipped Right Now!

We’re fully stocked with everything you need to make your adventure worry free, safe, comfortable and fun. And if you’re in a hurry, our website offers a range of shipping options.

ALL Giant Loop adventure proof packing systems and gear

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New 2016

GL Camping System – ultra-light, compact motorcycle camping gear

The Original Biomorphic, Horeshoe-Shaped Saddlebags (MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag) plus Possibles Pouch external pockets

Tank Bags, Tank Panniers, Waterproof Liners, Handlebar & Kit Bags (front of bike gear)

Round The World Panniers and Siskiyou Panniers – top-loading motorcycle soft luggage, our dual sport and adventuring touring alternative to aluminum panniers and hard luggage

100% waterproof, double-ended for easy access Rogue Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag and Columbia Dry Bag

Klamath Tail Rack Pack (zipperless lid, like a tank bag for the bag of the motorcycle – optional top case for MoJavi Saddlebag), Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack (hardware included for hard mounting to dirt bike fender or tail rack OR straps onto tail rack OR us it as an unmounted camera bag or tool bag that fits a 21″ front inner tube), Fender Bag that actually stays on the front dirt bike fender and holds a spare tube or tools)

Adventure proof Pronghorn Straps, Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap, Lift Strap, RokStraps

Essentials for motorcycle adventure: Bushwackers Hand Gaurds (cold, wet, muddy hand and controls protection), Vinyl Protective Film (prevents scratches and scuffs on painted surfaces and plastics under soft luggage), First Aid Kits, Survival Kits, Carhartt Lost For A Reason Tool Roll, Tracker Packer + SPOT Gen3

Giant Loop Team Gear: quick-drying base layers, t-shirts, caps, neoprene can coozies, posters

Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder, 2-liter and 1-gallon fuel cans, Fast Funnels

GL Mounts (stainless steel universal webbing anchors), Footmans Loop Kits, KTM 1190 Passenger Handle Removal Kit, Mob Armor Smartphone Handlebar Mounts

36″ and 84″ QuickLoop Security Cables, Padlocks to secure motorcycle soft luggage, helmet, jacket when parked

Off-road motorcycle racing

Exhaust shields: Hot Springs Heat Shiel and Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield

Complete Butler Motorcycle Maps collection (Backcountry Discovery Route BDR maps, plus road maps), Benchmark Atlas of Oregon

Giant Loop Snow: Revelstoke Tunnel Bag (snow bike, snow mobile), Torngat Tunnel Bag (snowmobile), Kootenay Pocket (tool and camera case) – most comprehensive gear package available for snow bikes (Timbersled, MotoTrax)

Not sure? Get a gift certificate and let that special someone choose exactly what he/she wants!

Alberto and Naomi (MotoLara) in Peru with Great Basin Saddlebags and Fandango Tank Bags, motorcycle camping for 50 days on 200cc dual sport motorcycles.

Alberto and Naomi (MotoLara) in Peru with Great Basin Saddlebags and Fandango Tank Bags, motorcycle camping for 50 days on 200cc dual sport motorcycles.

Great Basin Saddlebag: It really does fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters!

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Great Basin Saddle Bags – They really do fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters

Giant Loop customer Joel, recently took an amazing Italian adventure….on his scooter.

See his account below, and how he’s retrofitted the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags to suit his ride.

We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

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The “motorcycle” is a little unconventional: a scooter. This made it a bit difficult to fit the bag on, as the usual exposed parts in a real motorcycle are all covered with plastic on a standard scooter. However, inside of the plastic the frame is not all that different. I had to create a couple of stainless-steel cable loops to extend the passenger foot peg frame inside the plastic so that they could be accessible.

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In addition, the standard scooter has a filler cap beneath the seat, so it was pretty important that I be able to get the bag off quickly when we fill up (every 200-250 km or so).

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Most scooters have a bit of a plastic frame behind the seat which is used to attach a top box, and on the Honda this is where I was able to hang on the straps for attachment. Overall, it takes me about a minute to loosen them and flop the bag down for gas tank access, which is not bad at all.

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Since I had to buy the stainless cable to make the loops, I also used it to make a security cable to hold the bag in place when we are parked. I put a small padlock on the end to keep it in place.

So far, no one has tried to get into it as far as I can tell, or pull it off the scooter. I strapped a Possibles Pouch on the outside to hold a water bottle and my sunglasses case, and it is working great. We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

Thank you Joel!

How have you fit your Giant Loop Gear to your ride of choice? We’d love to hear from you.

Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

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Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

Overview video of most of Giant Loop’s entire product line for 2016. Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear on display in our vendor stand at the BMW MOA Riders of Oregon’s Chief Joseph Rally last weekend.

Prep for your next adventure today! https://giantloopmoto.com/product-categories/

Tech Tip: Managing Zippers on Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag

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Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC but the downside to every trip is my stuggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, C”

Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Some things to try:

* Wash the Saddlebag with warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers.

* Lubricate the zippers. There are commercially available zipper lube products, but often a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help.

* When you get into the bag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag.

* Avoid over packing. When the Saddlebag is not stuff drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches to add external pockets, or a Rogue Dry Bag to expand the Saddlebag – compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zipper from buckling being tightly stuffed.

If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the Tank Bag at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL

Giant Loop Riders: 13,000 km on Trans Canada Adventure Trail.

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Kiwis Keith and Bryan rode 13,000km, coast-to-coast on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail on Yamaha WR250s with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags and Dry Bags. Here are some highlights from their adventure (captions by Keith)!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
1. Caribou Creek Saskatchewan . Almost as far north as the TCAT gets. Great spot – cabins, gas, food, beer!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
2. Chris Rieger and the Kiwis. We have Chris to thank for a world class effort in marking the TCAT in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Job very well done.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
3. Day off at the Nipawin Exhibition. The wagon racing was breathtaking!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
4. Bryan and deer – a certain attraction. Our altercations with them continue …
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
5. Mike on a slippery slope in Saskatchewan . Hard to see the true grade but 5 mm of damp makes the surface like soap.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
6. Manitoba Lake – the Cree First Nation. A very warm welcome, Keith telling our story to locals.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
7. Keith looking for the trail in long grass. Bloody great moose appeared! (not in pic)
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
8. Rains a’comin on the prairie.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
9. Oops. Road closed.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
10. Typical axle deep ‘damp patch’ we had to get through on the Saskatchewan prairie.

1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale + Local Customer Appreciation Day, Nov. 21, 10am-4pm, Bend, Oregon

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1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale & Local Customer Appreciation Day! This Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suites 16 + 17, Bend, Oregon 97703.

Production samples, display models, dry bags, saddlebags, tank bags, shirts, jerseys, hats, stuff sacks at bargain bin prices. Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, paddlesports, camping, ATVs, UTVs, SXSs – used, refurbished, new-old-stock, dusty display samples.

Giant Loop Garage Sale

Giant Loop Garage Sale Bend Oregon

Rider Magazine 2015 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Giant Loop Kiger Tank Bag + Pronghorn Straps

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Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:

“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”

Rider Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

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UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.

MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

Welded film bladder transports 1 gallon of fuel in non-exhaust side of MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag

Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder. COMING SOON: GIANT LOOP GAS BAG FUEL SAFE BLADDER WITH OPTIONAL BALLISTIC SLEEVE

“Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin”: Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, March/April 2015

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With all of the news swirling around the introduction of the new Honda?CRF1000L Africa Twin, the timing is perfect to revisit the story Giant Loop owner/founder Harold Olaf Cecil published in the March/April 2015 issue of Adventure Motorcycle magazine about spending a week on the Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, riding dirt, gravel and twisty paved roads in Norway last June. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF “VIKING BIKING – NORWAY ON AN AFRICA TWIN”:ADVMoto Mar 2015 – Norway on an Africa Twin by Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Giant Loop Riders: Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle Ride Giant Loop of Oregon

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Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle (www.motolara.com) added another off-road adventure to their list of travels this past week: an 800-mile giant loop dual sport motorcycle ride through Oregon, beginning and ending at Giant Loop’s shop in Bend. You may have seen Alberto’s photos in our 2015 Adventure Proof Packing Systems catalog or on social media for Moto Lara

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Moto Lara (Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle) on Yamaha WR 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage.

For their Oregon giant loop ride, Alberto and Naomi rode their Yamaha WR250 dual sport motorcycles, equipped with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Photographer Alberto rode with his DSLR camera protect with a neoprene cover inside his Kiger Tank Bag, with the zipperless lid providing quick camera access without getting in his way standing on the footpegs riding eastern Oregon’s rough, rocky double-track dirt roads.

Naomi's Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop's Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Naomi’s Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Alberto's Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto’s Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto and Naomi also rode in Peru for two months, camping off 200cc rental dirt bikes equipped with Giant Loop gear!

Tech Tip: Pronghorn Straps for Quick-Release Saddlebag and Pannier Mounts

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QUESTION
Recently email from customer Tim:

Hello I bought your Great Basin Saddlebag, couldn’t be happier with it.
Do you sell or recommend a quick release system?
I have the bag snug and fitted to my bike. I’d like be able to get under the seat or take the whole bag indoors with me without undoing all the compression straps.
Any suggestions?

ANSWER
Compression straps aren’t intended for mounting. On the Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers, the two side anchor straps and 1-3 rear anchor straps should do the trick.

We do not recommend quick-release options for the two side anchor straps, as an unintended release could be dangerous. It takes about two minutes to release the side anchor straps.

On the rear anchor(s), you can use our Pronghorn Straps for a clean quick-release solution:

Pronghorns Straps quick release solution for securing motorcycle soft luggage

Thread Pronghorn Strap through rear anchor thumb-lock fasteners on Great Basin Saddlebag and secure to tail rack, passenger handles or other solid mount point for a quick release and easy mounting solution.

Siskiyou Panniers motorcycle soft luggage with Pronghorn Straps

Pronghorn Straps work great on the Siskiyou Panniers’ rear anchors, speeding the process of mounting/dismounting

Giant Loop Rider: Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

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Local rider Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 is about as nicely set up as any we’ve seen, with Trail Tech Voyager GPS, Race Tech Suspension, full Yoshimura Exhaust and aftermarket carb. Here are some details about his MoJavi Saddlebag installation using the new Giant Loop (GL) Mounts, which will work great with the Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag, too. #golightgofastgofar

Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

Suzuki DRZ400 Trail Tech Voyager, Race Tech Suspension, Double Take Mirror

Geoff is using the Giant Loop GL Mounts, sharing a bolt point with his Suzuki DRZ400’s passenger peg mounts. GL Mounts help keep straps away from hot exhaust and shorten anchor strap length to maximize stability of Giant Loop Saddlebag installation.

Giant Loop GL Mounts universal soft luggage mounting solution

Geoff’s using a small spacer to set the Giant Loop GL Mount away from the passenger peg’s other bolt and to give plenty of room to work when anchoring Giant Loop Saddelbags and soft luggage to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles.

Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport saddlebags

 

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts make a clean installation, with straps kept away from boots on both sides.

 

Suzuki DRZ400 with Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport soft luggage

 

Since Geoff leaves the MoJavi Saddlebag mounted on his Suzuki DRZ400 all the time, he’s using a hard-mount bolt-on installation (which can also be done with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag).

MoJavi Saddlebag bolt-on hard mount on dirt bike

 

Two bolts through the dirt bike’s rear plastic fender and metal fender brace, a couple of washers and nylock nuts, and the Giant Loop Saddlebag is not coming off. Period.

MoJavi Saddlebag bolted onto dirt bike fender brace

 

Geoff secures the zip-off sleeves of his riding jacket to the front fender with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps.

Rubber Boa dirt bike and dual sport fender straps

Giant Loop Video: “The Eagles of Metal Horses” in Ecuador

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If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you need to check your pulse! Not your typical “here’s our motorcycle trip in Ecuador” kinda video, instead these guys shot a hilarious rock video throughout their trip! And, they’re riding with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags . . .

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

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Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Giant Loop Fitment: BMW F650 Funduro and GL Saddlebags, Tank Bags

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Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.

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After fitting the MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag on his bike, as well as the Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and seeing each one was an excellent option for the F650, the deciding factor was rider choice. So, with what John wanted to pack for his ride, the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag delivered the right capacity and features.

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The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.

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Thanks for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Rider: Balint Rides Europe On His Buell XB12, With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!

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He said,

“Hi GL,

Here are two pics taken on my trip around Europe on my XB12XT using a Great Basin 2 saddlebag and a Zigzag handlebar bag. I’ve been to 10 countries altogether starting from the UK, then France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium then back to the UK through France. Altogether i rode 3834 miles (approx 6170 kms) to see all my friends and family on my holiday wherever they live around Europe and it was a great experience. Your bags totally rock!

All the best,

Balint

Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Riders: Alex & Heather from Konflict Motorsports

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konflict motorsports alex martens and heather martensOne of the things we love our work at Giant Loop is the many friendships we’ve developed with colleagues, people like suspension master Alex Martens from Konflict Motorsports (and The Heavyweights racing team) and his lovely wife Heather. The Martens rolled through town while enjoying a summer adventure and stopped by the shop today, Heather riding a Honda CRF250L and Alex on a KTM 950 Super Enduro. We’re proud the Martens travel with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag on the Honda, and the Great Basin Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on the KTM.

They’re using the Pro model tank bags’ integrated electronics pass-through to keep their cell phones charged.

Diablo Pro Tank Bag on Honda CRF250LCheck out the alternative mounting strap attachment Alex made, since he’s removed the passenger peg mounts from his KTM.

KTM 950 w alternative Great Basin strap attachment

This Slavens Racing Mule Cool brake caliper cooler on the KTM 950 SE is a pretty trick way to?keep Alex from boiling his brake fluid (he likes to ride FAST).

Slavens Racing Mule Cool Brake Caliper Cooler

 

Safe travels friends! See you on the trail!

Konflict Motorsports owner Alex Martens and wife Heather

 

Giant Loop Rider: Harold Arrives In Norway, Climbs on Honda Africa Twin, Goes Camping

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Giant Loop owner, Harold, has returned to his ancestral home of Norway, for some motorbiking and family vacation.
The first pictures are coming in, so I share them here.
His motorbike guide is Elving Stolli, who has loaned Harold a Honda Africa Twin.
Harold took a Fandango Tank bag Pro and Great Basin Saddlebag for this fly and ride.

Day 1:

Trontoppen- Norway’s second highest road

Packing up camp

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Soundrider.com Shares Packing List For Motorcycle Travel

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Our friend Tom Mehren of Soundrider.com, just shared a comprehensive packing list for motorcycle travel. It has several categories and covers everything from the gear a rider wears, to the supplies needed for bike or gear maintenance and repair, to overnight kit and camp kitchen articles. Check it out and see if your Great Basin or Coyote Saddlebag is missing a few items that Tom considers important. His list is so comprehensive, that many items could be for seasonal or mixed weather use and wouldn’t all be packed on the bike for the same ride. It is a great baseline to refer to when planning that next trip, thanks Tom!

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Giant Loop Rider: Noah Cracks 100,000 KMs On His KTM 690 Enduro

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Noah is getting the miles logged on his Round the World KTM 690 Enduro and finally hit 100,000km. He has been updating his Blog?with pics and stories about his ride, including this shot of his odometer. He has used Siskiyou Panniers or a Great Basin Saddlebag to carry his loads on his KTM.

Ride on, Noah and keep sending us your stories and updates!

Wonder how many tires that translates into…